Your Sister's Sister moves far beyond easy conventions, and the rewards are all the richer.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- New York Times
The picture is, intermittently, delightful to contemplate.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Much makes the viewer feel they're a fly on the wall, albeit a fly who has difficulty holding the camera steady or staying in focus.
Phelim O'Neill - Guardian [UK]
A lovely example of what a surefooted filmmaker can achieve with a game and talented cast and a generous, heartfelt story - demonstrable proof that small pleasures can be the most satisfying.
Matt Mueller - Guardian [UK]
Romantic, funny, surprising and thoroughly involving, Your Sister's Sister is the rare film you give yourself over to completely.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's a tribute to Shelton and her cast that they've made a film about the difficulties of love, friends and family look so easy.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
By the end of this graceful little emotional farce, you know these people, their hopes and their panic, and you wish them the very best.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Expertly makes us squirm for about half its running time only to soothe us with empty pop-psych declarations.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
The dialogue was largely improvised during a 12-day shoot, and the chemistry between the leads appears effortless.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
[It] was shot in a mere 12 days, on a budget that must have been minuscule. A couple of minutes after it's started, though, you know you're in the presence of people who will surprise and delight you.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
No question that Shelton and her cast share a remarkable collaborative rapport.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
All three performers add both tone and, when required, a fierce volume to their interplay.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
A spontaneous, engaging character study of three people alone in a cabin in the woods.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's pleasant as far as it goes. For all the blithe interaction among the central three performers, however, the material's conventional and predictable.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Shelton manages to break past the genre's narrow social parameters to a moving story of grief, betrayal, and devotion.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Shelton and her cast are so skillful that before long it seems we are not moviegoers watching a screen but flies on a wall witnessing real encounters and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
There's a nice, loose-limbed improvisatory feeling to "Your Sister's Sister," a quality that identifies it as the work of artisans, not assembly-line professionals.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It certainly shows that fine films don't need big budgets, capturing some sweet lightning in an arresting bottle indeed.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The jabber is maddening, but with all due respect, the actors are wonderful, the performances as natural as inhaling. Still, in Emily Blunt's case, there is such a thing as too natural.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The three leads are pitch-perfect here, loose and low-key yet fully in character.
Justin Chang - Variety
Shelton's work here suggests that mumblecore may be finding its way out of the artistic ghetto it's placed itself in.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Honest and free-spirited, this romantic comedy is filled with genuine and uncomfortable moments that can only come when a trio of talented actors ... are invited to make it up as they go along.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Shelton's skill involves an ability to explore familiar situations with a flair for ambiguity, but plenty of payoff.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
A keenly observed romance whose apparent rough-edged naturalism masks a considerable degree of craft.
Dana Stevens - Slate
If the movie's sweetly earnest resolution scene plays a bit too easily, we like the characters too much to object.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Even when things get a little crazy and maybe even too soapy, "Your Sister's Sister" always feels like it's rooted in a tangible reality, a place of unpredictability and abiding humanity.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
What sets Shelton apart is her interest in the way people can absorb acute discomfort and move on from it, even improving their lives because of it.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
A trio of superb performances guide a plot that pivots on secrets and lies before they fester. Your Sister's Sister works its way into your head until you can't stop thinking about it.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Movies that start well and end badly occur often enough, and yet even knowing that is no preparation for what happens to Your Sister's Sister.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's not rollicking summertime fare, and it won't offer easy answers. But it's an entertaining failure -- just like its characters.
Charles Ealy - Austin American-Statesman
There is some witty banter and some interesting developments. The acting is solid by the three leads.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
I think I need a break from Mark Duplass for awhile. At least, from the Mark Duplass who isn't arguing about fantasy football with Ruxin and Taco.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
What could have been trite male wish-fulfillment is instead beholden to genuinely messy revelations: life as a tattered, living quilt we sew and wear as one.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
It's in the completely natural interactions between this gifted cast that the film really hits its groove.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
Your Sister's Sister is somewhat slight and familiar, but it still manages to offer some reasonably insightful material on love and sibling relationships.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
For a film that relies on conversation and connection, it's awfully plot-heavy, full of "Aha!" dramatic revelations that feel more suited to a soap opera than an indie dramedy.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
This lo-fi comedy is big on charm but was a little too shaggy for my taste.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Although the action of Your Sister's Sister soars to an ultimately implausible conclusion, solid performances from Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt keep the overall piece afloat.
Mary Clare Waireri - Fan The Fire
Your Sister's Sister is a fine piece of character observation. It's low-key, casual, and tremendously insightful. It won't be for everybody, but that's a good thing. It's a strong, focused piece of work.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
One of the most purely pleasurable 'grown-up' films I've seen this year.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
A trident of terrifically earthy performances grounds this sharp, twist-laden romantic comedy.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Right from the get-go, this indie American talkfest exudes a confidence, a composure and, dare I say it, a cool that extinguishes any cynicism in the room.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
A wonderfully funny and uncharacteristically easy take on a genre that has been in disrepair for some time.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Deceptively meandering and unexpectedly complex, Your Sister's Sister combines a poignant, funny directness with a teasing incompleteness.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Everything that takes place on screen feels convincing as Shelton is more concerned with representing her characters truthfully rather than pushing an agenda.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Structured more as a comedy than a drama, Your Sister's Sister is easy to like.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
The rom-com twists don't always work, but it's easy to fall for stars who clearly love acting together - particularly Blunt, who could make a paper bag dazzle.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
The pleasures of this rom-com love triangle come from the performances, which beautifully describe the awkwardness, anxiety, sincerity and humour of the situation
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
When the heartfelt professions of love and soul-unloading declarations of betterment are emulsified down to mush, all that remains is a swiftly evaporating run-of-the-mill residue.
Erick Weber - NECN
Enjoyable but surprisingly conventional contemporary (i.e., sexually frank) romantic comedy...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Thrives on awkward moments.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The dialogue feels organic and smart - like everyday conversation, only with words you got to try out first.
Chris Foran - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Even amidst the excessive chatter, Emily Blunt shines most of all.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
An improvised pseudo-farce that tumbles into melodrama -- in between all the long, LOOOOoonng heart-to-heart talks.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
One of the pleasanter surprises I've had this year.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Your Sister's Sister is a very sweet, very human feature that is also very, very funny. Much hay is made out of Mark Duplass' reaction shots, and that's just fine by me.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Behavior -- a mixture of scripted action and improvisation -- springs from a natural place, and while that can be uncomfortable as well as funny, it never rings false.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Such are the pleasures of improv when the players are as sharp and canny as they are here.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Lynn Shelton's fourth feature after her well-received "Humpday" demands more patience than understanding.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
Involving and unexpected indie stands out from the crowd
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Although she would probably have liked a little more plot and polish, Nora Ephron would, I think, have approved.
Jason Solomons - Observer [UK]
It's an oddly charming and entertaining film that works because it's willing to embrace the less savory side of its characters.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
Like a cool breeze, there is a light and fluffy feel to Your Sister's Sister that makes it the perfect palate cleanser in the middle of a hot, sweaty summer of explosions and superheroes.
Mathew DeKinder - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
There is so much good in the first hour that you can just about forgive its poorly written third act.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
There's a special satisfaction in hearing characters speak as if they just had arrived on the screen from the coffee shop adjacent to the movie theater.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
- Austin Chronicle
This twisted tale has hidden agendas, pillow talk, latent romantic feelings, verbal fireworks and an ambiguous ending. As an avid bicyclist, the movie earns points from me in having Jack always wearing a helmet while riding. It loses its goodwill when...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Duplass is wonderful but even he can't shine as brightly as Emily Blunt.
Tara Brady - Irish Times
Good performances and a handy screenplay help things along, but these people find themselves more fascinating than I did.
- This is London
Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt team up for good indie fun.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Blunt and Duplass show enough star quality to ensure they will have plenty of work for many years to come.
Grant Rollings - Sun Online
The film's conceits may be a bit too contrived and conventional, but nothing about these characters' interactions are forced. Your Sister's Sister is a welcome guest.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
This is exactly the kind of drama you thought that Hollywood couldn't make any more. The type of little lamb that would often be sacrificed in order to give us another bloated action mash-up like Transformers or Clash of the Titans.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Perfectly fine somewhere between the humor of discomfort and that brutality of the truth, sustaining its feel for family and the bond between loved ones with sure feel for splattery screen communication.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The three leads gel intelligently in a scenario that might have been better suited to the stage.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The verbal agonisings are funny, skilful, revealing.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Likeable enough, but this is Shelton playing it safe.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
This is a smart, moving film that's also very, very funny.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Don't expect much, but it goes deep on character.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Lynn Shelton's follow-up to Humpday is an engagingly spiky, pleasingly unconventional comedy-drama with a strong script and a trio of terrific performances from its three leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The acting in Your Sister's Sister is also top-notch and reason enough to see it, especially if you're a fan of the lovely Emily Blunt.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The film's strength is in its realistic improvisation, like a window on three, average lives in a cocoon for a brief moment that will be easily forgotten tomorrow.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Your Sister's Sister was shot quickly and with an often improvised script, but it has an honesty which makes you care about the characters' fates.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It's rare to find a film so heavy on the naturalistic realism that feels so effortless and unpretentious.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
This film should come with a warning: don't watch with a sibling. Unless you're up for some knowing elbow-digs.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
It's small, but not simple. There are three shocking dramatic twists that feel completely earned.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The sisters are merely agents in Jack's maturation in what is ultimately a Judd Apatow film on a microbudget.
Ann Lewinson - Boston Phoenix
"Your Sister's Sister" follows the indie-cinema blueprint to the letter with one exception: One of the film's characters is a lesbian.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
- Miami Herald
Who are these people, and why are we watching them?
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Your Sister's Sister gets it just right, aided by Vince Smith's string--accented musical score and Benjamin Kasulke's luscious cinematography.
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
It's rare to see a movie that throws around this much raw emotion and still gets laughs.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
...chick flick city...a menage a trois-lite...agonizing to watch poor Emily Blunt laugh uproariously at contrived, slice of life conversation made with her sister
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
A funny, small-scale charmer with a trio of dynamite performances.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
In the very best sense, "Your Sister's Sister" almost feels like it's being made up as it goes along: organic, fluent and true.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
As artificial as a Hollywood rom.com... With a different cast, a bigger budget, and some punched-up dialogue, it might have been made by Judd Apatow.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
An effortless, emotional, funny little indie that few people will see. Be one of them.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
A very genuine film packed with smart observations about modern relationships.
Gail Tolley - The List
The low-budget film relies on character authenticity but ultimately requires too much suspension of disbelief.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Mark Duplass has an amiable presence on screen and the film works best when he is in the picture.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
...it's a pleasure to watch these three [Duplass, Blunt and DeWitt] navigate complex emotional territory even though the final destination is never in question.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Effective evidence that the emotional immediacy in the halting rhythms of extemporaneous speech can often trump the art of the well-chosen word. A film that is both warmly and naturally funny as well as uncomfortable and awkward.
Ian Buckwalter - The Atlantic
Shelton is also to be commended for making a film with so few characters and making it feel cinematic, and open, rather than constricted like a play.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Since it's essentially a three-character movie, it's a good thing that the characters, and the actors who play them, can hold the screen.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The cast certainly seems to have fun with the material but while their improvisation gives the dialogue life, it also lacks a certain refinement that could've come from more time or a single hand.
Will McCord - Paste Magazine
Warm, funny and richly human, Your Sister's Sister delivers on the promise of Humpday and then some.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Shelton is too much in thrall to improvisation, and letting the actors "find" their characters.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Shelton's very gifted at avoiding the cliches of a story that could have easily weighed it down and made it just another generic Mumblecore drama.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
...about our desire for family, however unconventional.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Shelton's empathy for the characters bleeds through, even at their worst moments.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Duplass is doing his conflicted mumblecore thing quite elegantly these days, and he's joined here by Blunt's fragile Iris and DeWitt's alternately guarded and abrasive Hannah.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Finally, the writer-director has become known for effacing a high concept plotline with naturalistic performances and shooting styles.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
...a deft blending of comedy and drama. It may not be the most credible film of the year, but I found it diverting and enjoyable.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
This time out, Shelton seems to be playing the part of someone who doesn't know how to finish what she started.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Places too much external pressure on the characters; the conflict is already there.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
An actor's movie, offering the small-scale pleasures of a good story well-told.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A romantic comedy about two sisters and their friend with three top-drawer and dazzling performances.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The actors create a wonderful sense of intimacy that's vulnerable to chaos.
Matt Pais - RedEye
The setup is intriguing, but just as Shelton gets her hands dirty with the mess her characters have made, it's winding down to a seemingly improbable conclusion.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
If HUMPDAY, and CYRUS hit the right notes for you, I'm sure you can certainly expect the same from YOUR SISTER'S SISTER. Perfectly acted.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Director Lynn Shelton garners three terrific performances from her leads, but she does so while losing sight of her most promising narrative thread.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Barring some late-inning coyness, it's some of the truest, dinged-heart couples' circling of the year.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
The performance of Mark Duplass, who could be called Mr. Mumblecore for specializing in low-budget indies, is the reason to see this.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Shelton has such sharp timing that it's hard to believe that each scene isn't carefully planned, instead of discovered in the moment.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A small indie with a big heart, Shelton's character study is a more mature and subtle feature than Humpday.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
[VIDEO ESSAY] Mumblecore standard-bearer Lynn Shelton ("Humpday") shows promising signs of maturing with an originally executed romantic comedy.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A quiet and well-told movie that wears its big beating heart on its sleeve.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
For long stretches in its first two acts, Lynn Shelton's film is distinguished by a disarming sense of freedom and spontaneity.
Kenji Fujishima - Slant Magazine
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
With this convoluted set-up in place, three actors with extraordinary chemistry play it all out to the end, and somehow the feeling deepens, even as the jokes spiral out of control.
Logan Hill - Vulture
Shelton is a wonder with actors and she mines some gold from this sitcom setup - DeWitt, in particular, showcases a spiky comic deftness.
Jamie Dunn - The Skinny
Director Shelton just keeps getting better. An interpersonal drama, the story's offset with elements of a modern sex farce, blending and sculpting the whole into a fraught, funny weekend.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
It's a hopeful, upbeat film about people finding comfort and strength in their loved ones, a rare feel-good movie that truly earns that designation.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
The superb performances certainly play an instrumental role in triggering the film's shift from passable to engrossing...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The location of Your Sister's Sister is lovely, and the performances are top-notch, captured by Shelton in the same casually honest way that made Humpday such a delight.
Noel Murray - AV Club